He forced to use them outdoors, ignoring WHO instructions

The Koldo Case could explain a Pedro Sánchez's absurd measure on face masks

It is somewhat outrageous that people from the government party have illegally enriched themselves with a health emergency in Spain.

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A corruption case regarding irregular allocations of masks

That's what the Koldo Case is about, which already affects several ministers and could make Pedro Sánchez's cabinet falter, since in that case they are people of the maximum confidence of the president of the government were involved, so the version that Sánchez knew nothing and has no responsibility for what those people did is unacceptable. In fact, the fact that the case focuses on irregular mask procurement awards is something that could explain one of the most absurd measures taken by the government during the pandemic.

Sánchez imposed masks outdoors even if there was no one around

It should be noted that the irregular contracts that are being investigated were extended until 2021. March 31 of that year the government approved Law 2/2021, whose Article 6 imposed the use of masks on "people six years of age and older" in "the public roads, in open-air spaces and in any closed space for public use or that is open to the public." That law mandated wearing a mask outdoors although not There was no one within hundreds of meters around.

An absurd measure that ignored the published indications of the WHO

Beyond the fact that the measure was contrary to common sense (what risk of contagion could there be when a person is alone outside?), that rule was disregarded the indications published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 1, 2020, which stated the following (attention to the underlined part):

"WHO advises that the general public use hygienic masks in closed environments (for example, shops, shared workplaces and schools; for more details see Table 2) or outdoors when the minimum physical distancing of 1 meter cannot be maintained."

Page 10 of that same WHO document indicated the criteria for the use of masks in cases of community or group transmission of the virus, indicating this in the circumstances column:

"Outdoor environments where physical distancing cannot be maintained."

Sánchez forced us to waste masks without any need

Disregarding these instructions from the WHO, Sánchez forced us Spaniards to use masks for months in environments where they were unnecessary, even if we were alone taking a walk on a beach or a mountain where There was no other person for miles around. That was a ridiculous measure that forced Spaniards to waste masks and allowed the government to continue awarding contracts for their purchase, as we see now, irregularly and benefiting people from their party.

The Sánchez government continued to ignore the WHO's instructions until the approval of Royal Decree-Law 13/2021, approved on June 24, 2021 (after numerous criticisms of the government for forcing the use of masks in unnecessary environments) and which came into effect two days later. This rule modified Article 6 of the aforementioned Law 2/2021, leaving it as follows:

"In any outdoor space where, due to the crowding of people, it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between them, except for groups of cohabitants."

After withdrawing that imposition, he imposed it again in December 2021

The controversy did not end there: in December of that year Sánchez once again imposed masks outdoors indiscriminately, again ignoring the instructions of the WHO. The nonsense reached such a level that the measure was even criticized by parliamentary allies and journalists related to the government. Now, with the Koldo Case, we already know what could have caused Sanchez's strange interest in forcing us to waste masks. I hope he ends up sitting in court for it.


Photo: PSOE.

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